<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego https://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSun, 18 Mar 2018 20:19:41 -0700Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:19:41 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Killed, 2 Hurt in Head-on Crash After SDSO Pursuit]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:59:31 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CLIP-STRINGER+OSV+VALLEY+CENTER+DOUBLE+FATAL+CRASH.jpg

A stolen car being pursued by a sheriff’s helicopter crashed head-on with another vehicle on a Valley Center roadway early Saturday, killing two people and injuring two others, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said.

Deputies started to chase a reportedly stolen Honda Accord with three people inside after spotting the vehicle in North County sometime after midnight, SDSO Sgt. Michael Tingley with the Valley Center Substation said.

The chase continued along Valley Center Road but speeds and weather conditions became increasingly dangerous, Tingley said. Deputies ended their pursuit of the stolen car but an SDSO helicopter followed the car from above.

As the car approached Rocky Road, it veered into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a small car, Tingley said.

The impact of the crash killed both the driver and passenger of the suspected stolen vehicle. The vehicle’s third passenger suffered traumatic injuries and was transported to the hospital.

The driver of the small car was also injured and transported to Palomar Medical Center.

Valley Center Road at State Route 76 was closed for hours as both SDSO and California Highway Patrol investigated the crash. CHP would be continuing the investigation. 

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<![CDATA[High-Speed Chase Ends in Deadly OIS at Valley View Casino]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:12:32 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Officer-Involved_Shooting_at_North_County_Casino.jpg

A high-speed chase ended in a deadly officer-involved shooting at a North County casino Saturday evening, Escondido police confirmed. 

The chase began in a residential neighborhood in Escondido just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when Escondido Police Department (EPD) officers responded to a call reporting a disturbance.

When officers arrived, the man they believed was a suspect took off, said the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO), who was handling the investigation into the shooting. It was not clear what he was suspected of. 

As the chase approached the Valley View Casino & Hotel, west of Valley Center, EPD called the SDSO and San Pasqual Tribal Police for backup. 

That's when the suspect pulled into the entrance to the casino and stopped near the valet area, SDSO Lt. Rich Williams said. A confrontation ensued. The details of the confrontation were not released.

At least one officer fired shots and the suspect was struck, Williams said. Medics took the man to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Williams said a possible handgun was recovered at the scene. 

No law enforcement officers or bystanders were hurt, Williams said, but patrons of the casino were shaken. The casino remained open during the investigation, but many chose to leave. 

"We were in the dining room area and everyone was terrified," casino patron Michael Arracon told NBC 7. "Everyone was running. We all exited through the back room. Thank god everyone was calm and it was an intense situation."  

Mike Hall lives near the casino and said he heard the sirens. "We looked out back and there were just 10 cop cars initially that just flew into the casino," he said. 

SDSO's Homicide Detail is handling the investigation. 

This is a developing story. Details may change as information is released. 

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<![CDATA[2 Teens Arrested in DUI Crashes on St. Patrick's Day Weekend]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:14:26 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic-police-lights23.jpg

Two teen drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI and several people were injured after two separate crashes in San Diego over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

One crash occurred in the Mountain View neighborhood of San Diego at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, when a 16-year-old driver took a curve on Imperial Avenue too quickly and crashed his Honda Accord into a wall, San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Officer Robert Heims said.

The driver had minor injuries but the car’s two passengers, both teens, received serious injuries. The 16-year-old passenger fractured his pelvis and had several other wounds, but was expected to survive, Heims said.

The 15-year-old passenger received injuries to his kidney and liver and may not survive, Heims said.

A separate crash in Carmel Mountain about three hours earlier also included a teenager suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, SDPD said.

The crash happened after a driver with a car in tow stopped on Camino Del Norte to check the hitch in between the two vehicles. That’s when the 16-year-old driver in a Nissan Xterra rear-ended the car-in-tow, pinning the driver in between the two cars.

The man’s legs were fractured in the crash and he was transported to the hospital, Heims said. He is expected to survive.

In both crashes, the teenage drivers were arrested for DUI.

<![CDATA[Suspect in Custody, Another Outstanding in Spring Valley Armed Robbery]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:03:43 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-tape-day-andcars23445454755.jpg

One person was in custody and authorities were looking for another in an armed robbery Sunday afternoon at the Spring Valley Swap Meet.

The robbery happened around 12:35 p.m., San Diego Sheriff's Department Lt. Damon Blankenbaker said.

The two suspects were armed with unknown weapons, he said. The pair took off with around three dozens high-end mobile phones, including iPhone 7, Galaxy 7 and Galaxy 7 Plus, he said.

Authorities were able to take one suspect into custody, the other suspect was still outstanding. That suspect was described as a 5-foot-4 Hispanic man, last seen wearing a white shirt, dark shorts and a black baseball hat.

No other information was available.

<![CDATA[2 Injured in Austin After Possible Explosion]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:14:46 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/new+austin+bombing.png

Emergency Crews in Austin are responding to a reported explosion that happened in the southwest part of the city Sunday night.

Austin Police said two men were transported to the hospital with serious injuries, but they are not expected to be life-threatening. Police are urging people to avoid the area.

The Austin-Travis County EMS service tweeted that the location was in the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive. Austin Police tweeted that residents in the area should stay in their homes and follow any instructions provided by officers. 

Earlier Sunday, law enforcement officials announced an increased reward to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest in the investigation of the deadly package bombings that happened earlier this month in Austin. Two Austin residents were killed and two were critically injured in the bombings.

The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Austin police department are asking for the public's help in identifying suspect(s) responsible for the package bombs.

Police said the bombings in east Austin — two on March 12 and one on March 2 — are likely linked.

The March 2 bombing killed Anthony Stephan House after he handled a box left on his front porch.

Refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[SD Syrian Community Calls for End to Civil War ]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:35:10 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/free+syria.PNG

The American flag waved next to the Syrian flag in Wells Park Sunday as the San Diego Syrian community gathered to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Syrian Civil War and to call for an end to the conflict.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed in the war and millions have been forced into exile.

Children held Syrian flags with the word ‘freedom’ written across as the group chanted ‘free Syria’ together.

The rally comes nearly a month after the Syrian government's deadliest bombing raid in the rebel pocket of eastern Ghouta, which killed more than 200 people according to U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“It’s sad, but incidents like that bring a little bit more attention, but unfortunately we’re not seeing any improvements,” rally speaker Lila Suboh told NBC 7.

President Assad met with troops when he visited eastern Ghouta Sunday, which is the last major rebel stronghold around Damascus. Thousands of civilians started a mass exodus out of Ghouta since Syrian government forces launched the assault last month to capture the area.

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<![CDATA[City Hosts 3rd Annual Ocean Monitoring Program Open House]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:15:30 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ocean+moniterign+open+house.PNG

Imagine a science fair dedicated to marine life, taught by marine biologists, and open to the public – and that’s basically what you got if you went to the City’s Ocean Monitoring Program’s Open House on Sunday.

The third annual event highlighted what the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Program does to make local beaches clean and safe.

“Most people don’t know that San Diego has one of the largest marine monitoring systems in the country,” said Peter Vroom, the deputy director of the public utilities department.

The City’s Ocean Monitoring Program uses two ocean monitoring vessels to collect seawater and other types of samples approximately 200 days a year. The samples come from as far as 10 miles from shore, and as deep as 1,640 feet, and are then analyzed in labs like the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

The Open House attracted a lot of young science enthusiasts like Josh and Lily Manison from South Park.

“I feel like I’ve learned about the predatory invertebrates that they have and the other animals they have in jars,” Josh said.

“I think it’s really cool and what I learned is that crabs only come in warm water and not cold,” said Lily, Josh’s younger sister.

The event is free and open to the public.

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<![CDATA[Why Trump Is Thrilled About McCabe's Firing: Analysis]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:26:40 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trump-cabinet-mtg.jpg

President Donald Trump had to cheer the firing of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to sell the narrative that he is the victim of a bipartisan conspiracy, carried out over two administrations, to deny him the presidency and then discredit him once he won it.

For the president's version of events to hold up, according to NBC News, the FBI and Justice Department have to be infested with his political enemies, with those so bent on destroying him that they will violate the public trust to do it. It's a case Trump and his allies have been making for so long and with such conviction that condemning the FBI, the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller has become conservative liturgy by now.

And it's the predicate to push the case that the Russia probe should end, as Trump's lawyer did Saturday.

But for Trump's supporters to believe he's the victim of an un-American conspiracy, he has to position himself as the force cleansing a corrupt justice system — a victim-turned-conqueror who has been exonerated by the missteps of his foes. He has to politicize the FBI and Justice Department by arguing that they already were politicized. That's how he's trying to use McCabe.

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<![CDATA[Man with Pickax in Custody After Standoff with Police]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:31:41 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PICKAXE_STANDOFF_1200x675_1189054531795.jpg

A man was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation after a 30-minute standoff with police involving a pickax Sunday morning.

Around 11:25 a.m., California Highway Patrol received a call about a man walking on southbound Interstate 5 near Main Street. He was seen carrying a pickax and throwing rocks at passing cars, police said.

When officers attempted to contact the man, he ran off into Otay Valley Regional Park, San Diego Police Department Lt. Christian Sharp said.

SDPD called in ABLE helicopter to search for the man and he was located in the Otay River. The man then took a fighting stance with the ax and officers called in the K-9 units.

"He was brandishing a pickax and wasn't putting it down," Sharp said. "Eventually, we negotiated him to drop the pickax and after 30 minutes of continued negotiation, he ended giving up."

The man was transported to a county hospital for evaluations, Sharp said.

It was unclear what charges if any, the man may face.

<![CDATA[Man Hops onto Police SUV, Smashes Roof With Rock: EPD]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:06:48 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Escondido-Police-Generic-031017.jpg

A man was taken into custody Saturday morning after hopping onto a police SUV and smashing the vehicle with a rock. The man was apparently on drugs at the time, the Escondido Police Department (EPD) said.

David Entzminger, 29, was facing charges of felony vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance after the incident near the Interstate 15/State Route 78 interchange.

Escondido police said an officer was at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Quince Street at about 9:30 a.m. when he saw Entzminger jump on to the back of his patrol SUV.

Entzminger began to strike the vehicle’s roof with a softball-sized rock and tore off the vehicle’s rear windshield wiper, EPD said.

He then jumped off the vehicle and attempted to run from police. Officers caught Entzminger and placed him under arrest.

No one was hurt in the incident, police said. 

<![CDATA['Punching Game' at Downtown Bar Leaves Man Dead]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:16:31 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Punching_Game_at_Downtown_Bar_Leaves_Man_Dead.jpg

A man enjoying a night out at a downtown San Diego bar died after playing what witnesses described as some sort of “punching game” with a friend, which led him to collapse.

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Lt. Matt Dobbs said officers were called to the Jolt’n Joe’s Gaslamp bar on Fourth Avenue just before 1 a.m. to help a patron who had been injured. When police arrived, they found a 27-year-old man in the bar area, unresponsive.

Bystanders were giving him CPR, but he wasn’t moving.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) crews soon arrived and took the man to a local hospital. He couldn’t be revived and was pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m., the SDPD confirmed.

Police launched an investigation into the man’s death and learned that he had been playing a game with a friend at the bar in which they were repeatedly punching one another.

After multiple blows, the victim collapsed, falling to the ground, Dobbs said.

The friend who played the punching game with the victim remained at the bar. He too was taken to a hospital for treatment. SDPD homicide detectives interviewed him overnight. At this point, it is unclear if that man will face charges in the victim's death.

"We're in the process of interviewing him right now and determining exactly what happened," Dobbs added.

The lieutenant said detectives would look into the relationship between the men and the circumstances of the deadly game they were allegedly playing. 

"We're not sure exactly what the arrangement or what the game was, all we know is that they were exchanging punches, mutually," Dobbs said.

Police did not immediately release the names of the men but witnesses said they were regular customers at the bar.

Sean Kisner, director of operations for Jolt’n Joe’s, said the victim was attending a friend’s birthday party and appeared to be having a good time when the night took a tragic turn. 

“At one point, while they were roughhousing, one of them collapsed,” Kisner recounted.

He said a barback, trained in CPR, ran over to help the victim. 

"He jumped right in. He did what he could," Kisner added.

Kisner said the victim worked in the local bar and restaurant industry and was well-known in the downtown area.

“We get a lot of people from the restaurants, the hotels and the bars in the area. It’s kind of like family; everybody knows everybody,” Kisner told NBC 7. “Already, we’re getting texts and phone calls from people [asking] what happened, what’s going on?”

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on the victim to determine his official cause and manner of death.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information on this case can reach out to the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

<![CDATA[Freeway Call Boxes Going Extinct in San Diego County]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:18:15 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SANDAG+call+box+removal.jpg

"It's a sign of the times," the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) vice-chair said.

The iconic yellow call boxes lining the side of the freeways in San Diego are going the way of the dodo and you can blame progress for that.

SANDAG, the agency overseeing the call boxes, is removing them from urban highways throughout San Diego starting this month and will continue until June because people just aren't using them much anymore.

Think about it, when was the last time you used the box when you were stranded on the side of the road?

"Most people now own cell phones and don’t need a roadside call box in emergencies," vice-chair Steve Vaus said. "The decrease in call volume proves that."

He has hard data to back that up. Calls from call boxes dropped from a peak of 140,000 in 1993 to 11,000 in 2017 — a drop of roughly 92 percent, according to SANDAG.

SANDAG's board of directors voted in October 2017 to reduce the number of call boxes from 1,259 to 379, which means all the urban-area boxes will be removed and the number of boxes in rural areas will be reduced.

"It is time to reduce the cost of maintaining call boxes where cell phone signal strength is strong and dependable," he said.

Rural areas where cell signals are weak will still have all their call boxes while the places with stronger signals will see the number of boxes reduced, SANDAG said.

Roadside signs will be installed in place of some of the removed call boxes with a message to call 511 for roadside assistance. Motorists can say "Roadside Assistance" to connect to a live operator 24 hours day.

The first emergency call boxes in the U.S. were installed by the Gamewell Company of Newton, Massachusetts in the 1880s, according to the company's website. Those boxes telegraphed the location of the call to the central fire station whenever the lever was pulled.

Roadside emergency call boxes in San Diego were introduced in 1985, funded by a $1 regional fee on vehicle registration. The call boxes were maintained by the San Diego Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies until 2013 when Gov. Jerry Brown dismantled the agency and SANDAG took over.

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<![CDATA['Selling Killing Machines': Group Protests Del Mar Gun Show]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:47:31 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gun+show+protest.PNG

Gun enthusiasts were met by protesters in Del Mar Saturday, who called the Crossroads of the West Gun Show disrespectful to those affected by a recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. 

Members of the North County community have been protesting the gun show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for decades, but after 17 people, mostly students, were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, the group said, "enough is enough." The group is calling on the fairground's board of directors to stop hosting gun shows. 

"They’re basically selling killing machines and we need to protect our children," said Valerie Joy, a protester who joined dozens of others to chant, "love not hate that’s what makes America great" in a designated free speech zone outside the show. 

But Bob Templeton, owner of the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, says it's not the types of guns his show is selling that prompt mass shootings like the one in Florida. Templeton said doing more to address mental health would be more beneficial as a preemptive measure. 

"People who shouldn't have firearms who have mental problems or who have a criminal history, those are the people who need to be precluded, prohibited from owning and buying firearms," Templeton said.

Saturday's protest was sponsored by Never Again, a grassroots organization that calls on legislators to reform gun laws. 

"Everybody is on edge now," said Never Again member, Rose Ann Sharp. "They say how easy it is for this violence to occur."

Gun owners counter that California already has some of the strictest gun laws and many here are equally concerned about their right to own a firearm.

"There’s absolutely no correlation between what happened at the ... high school in Parkland, Florida, and what happens here at the gun show," Templeton said. "So those who would close the gun show or who would argue that it's insensitive really are attempting to run over other persons' second amendment rights." 

Templeton said that the gun show's attendance has spiked this year. He expects a crowd of 10,000 people. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Team's Moving of Stormy Daniels Suit Carries Risks]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:37:24 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/929942948-Stormy-Daniels-Fort-Lauderdale-Performance.jpg

How are a consulting firm and President Donald Trump able to singlehandedly take a lawsuit by adult film star Stormy Daniels out of her chosen forum in California state court?

The answer begins with the Constitution, which extends the federal judicial power to cases between "Citizens of different States," according to a legal analysis by NBC News. The Framers included “diversity jurisdiction” in the Constitution at least in part to protect out-of-state plaintiffs from the possible bias of local state courts.

The modern diversity statute gives federal courts power to hear civil cases where (1) the dollar amount in controversy exceeds $75,000, and (2) the parties are citizens of different states. The federal removal statute allows defendants to unilaterally drag a case from state court up to federal court, so long as the federal court could hear the case — which it can, if there’s diversity jurisdiction.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to challenge the validity of a non-disclosure agreement about an alleged "intimate" relationship she says she signed in exchange for $130,000 in the fall of 2016, while Trump was running for president. The White House has denied the allegations against Trump.

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<![CDATA[Whistleblower Says He's Been Blocked by Facebook]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:16:52 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/facebookapp_1200x675.jpg

Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who revealed the role played by data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica in obtaining data from Facebook users, said on Sunday he was blocked by the social media network.

On Twitter, Wylie claimed his account was suspended after he spoke up about his role in an alleged scheme to secretly hold data from millions of Americans. Cambridge Analytica is under fire for suspicions that it illicitly obtained user information, which resulted in the site being suspended by Facebook, CNBC reported.

Wylie is the co-founder of the political data analytics, which worked on Facebook ads for President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Media reports this weekend revealed that the firm held on to 50 million people's data without their consent, for the purpose of identifying and swaying voters during the election.

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<![CDATA[Flames Rip Through Miramar Business]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:01:35 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Miramar-Fire-1.JPG

Raging flames ripped through a commercial building in Miramar Saturday morning, sending plumes of thick smoke into the air as clouds sprinkled showers from above.

The fire sparked at around 7:45 a.m. at a complex off Carroll Road, near Kenamar Drive, that is home to several businesses. Unrelenting, bright orange flames could be seen through the windows of Quest Building Products, a business that supplies construction equipment. Smoke stemmed from the roof.

“It was a construction [and] concrete supply building with an RV motorhome inside the building,” said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Deputy Fire Chief Steve Lozano.

The severity of the fire prompted SDFD officials to upgrade the response and request additional engines at the scene.

Lozano said the third-alarm fire was battled by more than 60 fire units.

Brian Burling, who owns a neighboring business, heard about the fire and rushed to the complex.

“I was worried it was my business but same complex, different building, so I think we’re okay,” Burling said. “It was a stressful, stressful drive the last five minutes or so. We got lucky, but it’s not a good feeling any way you look at it.”

Eventually, firefighters were able to gain the upper-hand and knock out the blaze. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Hours later, dozens of firefighters remained at the scene monitoring hot spots and hosing down the building.

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<![CDATA[3rd in Series of Storms Drenches San Diego Overnight]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:27:58 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mar+17+san+diego+weather+3.jpg

Showers swept San Diego County overnight and into Saturday morning, producing conditions likely to leave local mountains dusted with fresh snow.

The third storm in this week's series touched down in San Diego's North County early Saturday morning. As the band of rain made its way southeast, NBC 7's Dagmar Midcap forecasted that showers would increase in intensity.


The storm system was expected to have a similar pattern to its two predecessors with one exception: this system would likely bring fresh snow to lower-elevation mountains, Midcap said.

Blustery conditions in the mountains prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory at 5 p.m. Friday, in effect through 5 p.m. Sunday. Snowfall is possible at elevations 4,000 feet and above.

Popular Southern California snow resorts, like Snow Valley, Big Bear and Snow Summit resorts, received anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow at elevations above 7,200 feet, according to the NWS.

Blustery conditions in the mountains are expected to pick up in the evening as wind gusts reach 55 miles per hour, the NWS said.  

Midcap said travel to and in the mountains is not recommended until after the advisory expires.

With cold weather and heavy rain overnight, Father Joe's Villages opened additional shelters for 250 homeless San Diegans at two facilities in downtown San Diego.

The NWS service said the heaviest rainfall within a 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. Saturday was tracked in North County.

Coastal cities like Carlsbad and La Jolla received about three-quarters of an inch of rain while inland valleys like Vista and Escondido each received about .66 inches of rain.

Palomar Mountain was drenched with more than an inch of rain. 

As locals woke up Saturday morning, the scattered showers persisted. Midcap said a chance for short bursts of rain would last throughout the day.

"This system will rapidly clear up, pushing to the southeast, but we will be left with a few lingering clouds [Saturday]," Midcap said.

Showers may return Saturday evening to dampen any St. Patrick’s Day plans.

In all, the system is expected to bring about a half-inch of rain to San Diego’s coast and inland valleys. Heavier showers may bring the mountain areas up to 5 inches of rain or snow.

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<![CDATA[Things to Do This Weekend: March 15-18]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:26:48 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/South-Mission-Beach-Generic-Garske.JPG

TGI Weekend! There is so much to celebrate across the county this weekend, from the Saint Patrick's Day holiday to Latino film and all things cake. Get up. Get out. Play!

Thursday, March 15 

World Balloon Convention
Times Vary (Thursday Through Sunday), Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Balloon artists will gather in San Diego this weekend for the ultimate event in their trade: the 2018 World Balloon Convention. The expo is designed for business-savvy balloon decorators, twisters, entertainers and party store retailers, as well as ambitious newcomers looking to float into the industry. The convention features classes, workshops, parties over the span of four days.

Beach Spin
7:30 a.m., Hotel Del Coronado
Give your morning workout a boost with this oceanfront spin class on the Paseo Lawn at the Hotel Del Coronado. The 50-minute class is led by instructors and includes high-energy music and stunning views. It costs $15 for San Diego County residents, with a valid photo ID, and $25 for non-residents.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Carlsbad Ranch
The beautiful blooms at the famous Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are back in their brilliant glory. Opening day is Thursday but the annual flower viewing season runs through May 13. As usual, for about six to eight weeks, visitors can enjoy displays of colorful Giant Tecolote Ranunculus spanning fifty acres. The annual burst of blooms is something locals look forward to year after year as spring rolls in. The Flower Fields are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $8 for children ages 3 to 10. If you plan on visiting a few times this spring, you may want to spring for a season pass. Keep an eye on the Flower Fields website, too, as the venue hosts lots of family-friendly, fun events throughout its season, usually on the weekends.

2018 San Diego Latino Film Festival
Times and Locations Vary (March 15 to March 25)
The 25th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDFLL) kicks off Thursday, running through March 25. The event showcases works created by Latinos about the Latino experience, including screenings of more than 160 films at two locations: AMC Fashion Valley 18 (7037 Friars Rd.) and Digital Gym Cinema (2921 El Cajon Blvd.). Attendees can buy individual passes to films for around $12 or opt for packages that include access to several films throughout the fest. A pass to screen five shorts costs $35, while a pass to screen five films costs $50.

Butterfly Jungle
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (now through April 15), San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The beloved springtime spectacular, Butterfly Jungle, is running now through April 15 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The event welcomes spring with thousands of butterflies flying in a special area of the park, plus special butterfly-themed activities. Visitors are urged to wear bright colors so the winged wonders gravitate toward them. Butterfly Jungle is included with paid admission or membership into Safari Park.

Opening & Artist Talk: David Adey
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lux Art Institute
The works of visiting artist David Adey are on display now through May 19 at the Lux Art Institute, which focus on the unfurling of time and the moments that make up our existence. On Thursday evening, Adey will attend the opening reception of his exhibition at Lux, which includes a mingling session in the Education Pavilion with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, a talk led by the artist and more. Tickets to the 18+ reception cost $10 per person.

Zumba Fitness Fun
6:30 p.m., Harrah’s Resort Southern California
This energizing Zumba class goes down each Thursday on the second-floor South Tower at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. The movin’ and groovin’ starts at 6:30 p.m.

Legally Blonde: The Musical
7 p.m., California Center for the Arts in Escondido
STAR Repertory Theatre brings this fun musical, “Legally Blonde,” to the California Center for the Arts in Escondido this weekend. The production is based on Reese Witherspoon’s movie of the same name and follows the uplifting story of Elle Woods as she breaks stereotypes in pursuit of her dreams. The all-ages play runs through Sunday; tickets cost $29.

Friday, March 9

Whale Watching Aboard America
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maritime Museum of San Diego
Experience San Diego’s whale watching season aboard America, a 138-foot sailing yacht that launches from the Maritime Museum. This 4-hour tour cruises the coastline on a quest to view the sea creatures. Light snacks and beverages are included in the ticket price, plus admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego before or after the cruise. Tickets range from $42.50 to $85, with discounts for active duty and retired military. Check-in is 30 minutes before your departure time at the booth in front of the Berkeley Steam Ferry.

San Diego Music Awards Pre-Party
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Karl Strauss Brewing Company
The Karl Strauss tasting room (5985 Santa Fe St.) hosts a night of tunes and suds ahead of the March 19 San Diego Music Awards. The pre-party will feature performances by nominees Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio (Best Jazz Album), The Routine (Best Rock) and The Verigolds (Best Indie/Alternative). Karl Strauss Brewing will also unveil its Isomerizer IPA in cans during the bash, and food will be available on-site for purchase. The music starts at 5:45 p.m.

Cardio Samba (Brazil)
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Crown Dance Studio
Power up your workout routine with this high-energy class at Crown Dance Studio (6904 Miramar Rd.). Gladys Altafani, a Sambista of the Brazilian Carnivale, leads fun every Friday. Drop-in classes cost $20; if you sign up for a membership, the price drops by a few dollars.

Salsa Under the Stars
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
Hit the courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport for this Friday night salsa dancing session under the stars. Manny Cepeda and his orchestra will provide the toe-tapping tunes; no partner or experience necessary to join this fun, free event.

San Diego Gulls vs. Milwaukee Admirals
7 p.m., Valley View Casino Center
The San Diego Gulls take on the Milwaukee Admirals on the ice at Valley View Casino Center. Tickets to the hockey game start at $22; the puck drops at 7 p.m. sharp.

Hops on the Harbor
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
This month, enjoy a craft beer dinner cruise around the San Diego Bay paired with brews from Duck Foot Brewing. The menu for this installment of “Hops on the Harbor” includes four 6-ounce, beer tastings expertly matched with courses. For instance, Duck Foot’s golden honey ale, “Drink This or the Bees Die,” will be paired with English pea gnocchi, Caesar salad and garlic bread. Also on the brew menu: Hazy McBeerFace (a West Coast hazy IPA) and Sassy Tart (an imperial Berliner Weisse with Montmorency cherries). The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $69.50 for adults and $41.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.

Reggae Fridays
7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fast Times
Enjoy the laid-back vibes of “Reggae Fridays” at Fast Times, a relatively new restaurant and bar in Clairemont (3065 Clairemont Dr.). The weekly event includes music from DJ J-Roots and local reggae musicians.

Cinema Under the Stars: ‘The Shape of Water’
8 p.m., Cinema Under the Stars (Mission Hills)
Enjoy a movie under the stars at this outdoor theater on Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills. The winter/spring screening season features a movie screening every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., now through April 29. This weekend, Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-winning 2017 movie, “The Shape of Water,” is playing on the big screen. The flick is fresh off its big win for Best Picture at last week’s Academy Awards ceremony. Admission is $18 at the box office, or you can reserve your seat in advance for $20.

Saturday, March 10

Little Italy Mercato
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Italy
Every Saturday, more than 200 tents line the streets of Little Italy, spanning five blocks and showcasing an array of farm fresh produce, meats, flowers and artisan craft goods from local vendors. Grab a crepe as you stroll, or sit in the Piazza Famiglia while enjoying music from local artists. This has been a neighborhood tradition for years and has become one of the biggest farmers markets in San Diego.

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival
During Park Hours, SeaWorld San Diego
Sample bites from around the world at SeaWorld’s annual food fest. Each Seven Seas food location will feature tantalizing tastes of traditional street foods, like pork belly pizza, spicy tuna and escargot, Plus, each location will have one daring bite featuring exotic ingredients. Pair your treats with a craft beer or wine. Sampler tickets range from $20 to $65 for the festival running on select days through April 15.

35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), The Del Mar Fairgrounds
Pastry chefs, amateur confectioners or just anyone with a sweet tooth is invited to one of the largest celebrations of all things cake. This two-day festival will feature a cake design competition, cake making and decorating demonstrations for all skill levels, and vendors selling tools and supplies. Buy tickets ahead of time for $10 or at the door for $12. Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House.

Lucky Street Vintage Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1722 South Coast Highway #3, Oceanside
Every Saturday and Sunday, Lucky Street Productions hosts its “vintage marketplace” in a large warehouse filled with vintage finds in a variety of styles. From shabby chic to oddities and French country to glam, you are sure to find the vintage style of your choice. The market sells clothing items, gardening items, architecture, craft supplies and so much more.


MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Fleet Science Center
Can you pull a tablecloth off a table without disturbing the dishes on top? Do you stay drier running or walking in the rain? Get the answer to some of your burning questions at the new exhibit based on the popular TV show, "Mythbusters." Just like the show, this hands-on exhibit will allow guests to use the scientific method to test some commonly-held theories. Access to the exhibit, which is open through Sept. 3, can be added to a general admission ticket to The Fleet for $5.

Japanese Brush Painting Art Exhibition
11 a.m. to 4 pm. (Saturday and Sunday), The Prado
This free annual exhibition is a showcase of Japanese art and traditions. Asian watercolors and Sumi (ink) art will be on display. Each day at 3 p.m. artists will demonstrate the art of Sumi-e (ink painting). The exhibit will also feature a wearable art fashion show and the sounds of Japanese musical group Masazumi Kai Koto.

Tidepooling Adventure
4 to 6 p.m., Dike Rock, La Jolla
Little pockets of life are created where the sea meets the land at San Diego’s beaches. The Birch Aquarium’s team of trained naturalists will show you how to explore these tide pools at Dike Rock for $16 ($13 for members). The winter months are the most optimal for tide pooling because lower tides reveal even more beaches, the aquarium says.

4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Gaslamp Quarter
Get ready for a sea of green as the ShamROCK Saint Patrick’s Day party takes over the Gaslamp. This annual event will close down several blocks of downtown San Diego for three separate DJ stages. Expect Irish dancers, Celtic performers and green beer in celebration of all things Irish. Tickets start at $55 or $100 for a VIP ticket that includes seven complimentary drinks and access to exclusive areas. 

7 p.m., San Diego Art Institute
The San Diego Art Institute is launching an installation that will feature more than a dozen artists whose work aims to challenge what we perceive and what makes us uneasy. The pop-up exhibit, which runs through March 25, kicks off Saturday with a night of performance art, immersive installations and a dance party. Tickets cost $10 or $5 for members.

8 p.m., Copley Symphony Hall
The 1927 sci-fi film from the Silent Era of movies will be accompanied by the booming sounds of the Fox Theatre Pipe Organ played by musician Russ Peck. The performance is part of the San Diego Symphony’s Fox Theatre Film Series. Metropolis tells the story of a wealthy city ruler and a poor worker in a dystopian future. Tickets range from $20 to $30.

Grunion Run
10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Saturday) and 11:05 p.m. to 1:05 a.m. (Sunday), Cabrillo Beach
It’s a spectacle to behold when thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, come out of the water and onto the shoreline to lay eggs. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, head to Cabrillo Beach and bring a flashlight. The Grunion Run may also be visible at Oceanside Beach and others across the county, though timing will vary.

Sunday, March 11

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
6:45 a.m., Petco Park
Chilly, winter days call for hot chocolate. This unique run serves tastes of chocolatey gluten- and nut-free treats at marshmallow stations scattered along the route. After the race, runners will be handed a mug filled with fondue and fun dipping snacks. Register for the 5K for $54 or the 15K for $79


Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
Join a trail guide from Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) on this free, 1.5-hour nature walk and learn about the plants, animals, geology, history and ecology of the park. The walk begins at the Visitor Center and will head out to one of three scenic trails: The Oak Grove Loop, The Visitor Center Loop, or The Riverside Grinding Rocks. These walks are typically held at MTRP every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring water.

Bite San Diego Walking Tours
Times vary, Locations vary
This one's for foodies: Bite San Diego takes guests on a 3-hour+ walking tour through a select neighborhood, offering samples of the culinary scene from at least five restaurants while showcasing the neighborhood’s history. Tours make an average of five stops at some of the most mouthwatering restaurants in San Diego County. Participants can choose from tours in North Park, Liberty Station, Downtown San Diego, Coronado, La Jolla and Encinitas. Tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (depending on the location); hours vary. For more customization, Bite San Diego offers private tours.

Live Music Sundays: Modern Day Moonshine
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Public Market
People with a soft spot 60s and 70s music are sure to love the stylings of this band of three. Modern Day Moonshine infuses the sounds of these decades with modern genres to create a unique musical experience. Before or after this free concert, stroll the artisan shops or grab a tasty bite at the stores and restaurants that make up Liberty Public Market.

Sunday Organ Concert
2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

Tango by the Beach 
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Pacific Street Linear Park
Break out your dancing shoes as the sun sets on Oceanside. Tango by the Beach brings a rollout mat right up to the park (112 The Strand South) situated just steps from the shoreline so guests can learn the art of the romantic dance. An introductory lesson is held at 5 p.m.

Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Times and locations vary

Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.

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<![CDATA[Sexual Assault Victim Got Into Car She Thought Was Her Ride Share]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:24:39 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hillcrest+sex+assault+photojpg.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help identifying an unknown suspect wanted for sexually assaulting a woman who got into his car mistakenly.

The victim was leaving a business on University Avenue at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when she approached a car parked in the street that she thought was her ride, according to investigators with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).

When she asked the driver if he was her requested driver, he told her that he was.

The suspect drove away and physically and sexually assaulted the woman, police said.

The man is described as about 40 years old with a receding hairline and a mustache. His car was described as a dark-colored sedan.

Anyone with more information on the identity or the location of the suspect is asked to call Detective J. Margolis with SDPD's Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2939, or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for anyone with information that leads to the suspect's arrest.

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

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<![CDATA['Dog-in' at NY Airport to Protest Overhead Bin Death ]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:10:41 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KOKITO%27S+LAW+PROPOSAL+LGA+-+14311719_WNBC_000000020323435.jpg

Animal activists held a "dog-in" at LaGuardia Airport on Sunday to protest the death of a puppy who was stowed in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight. 

A 10-month-old French bulldog named Kokito died on the 4-hour, 25-minute flight from Houston to LaGuardia Airport on March 12. A flight attendant insisted the family put Kokito's carrier in an overhead bin, despite the family's insistence that a dog was inside it. 

The airline said the flight attendant either didn't hear or understand them. 

The family attended the protest along with state Sen. Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan), animal activists and their pets.

“Make no bones about it, United is in the doghouse and we will not tolerate their cruelty towards animals," Alcantara said. 

Alcantara also unveiled new legislation to create a pet passenger bill of rights. It would explicitly ban placing pets in overhead bins and ensure reasonable access to food and water, among other measures. 

"I’m an animal lover and I know what traumatizes them, and I also know what kills them," Pattie Jirakll said at the protest. "It wasn’t just the tightness of the compartment, the animal was probably terrified from the noise of the plane, and the poor little thing probably didn’t know what was going on." 

The dog's death has gained national attention and United Airlines immediately took responsibility. The airline said it refunded the airline fares for the family, which included an 11-year-old girl and an infant, as well as the $200 fee for Kokito to fly.

The airline added that by April, it will begin issuing bright-colored bag tags to travelers flying with pets.

If your pet must travel, experts have several recommendations:

  • The cabin is safer than the cargo hold. Pets too large to fit in an under-seat carrier must go cargo unless it's a service or emotional support animal.
  • Ask the airline or look up its rules about things such as carrier size, and don't force your pet into a carrier that is too small.
  • Take nonstop flights to avoid layovers, which increase the chances your pet could be mishandled or left longer in the cargo hold.
  • Avoid extremely hot or cold weather and busy periods such as holidays.
  • Make sure your pet's tags and your contact information on its carrier or crate are up to date.
  • Tape a bag with a day's worth of food to the top of the crate — just in case.
  • If your pet flies in cargo, use your own crate instead of renting one from the airline; it will help get them acclimated and minimize anxiety.

Photo Credit: NBC New York
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<![CDATA[City Cleans Up Nuisance House Plaguing PB Neighborhood]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:52:21 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pb+hoarder+house+.jpg

A home that has plagued a Pacific Beach neighborhood with foul odors, trash and rodents for years was taken over this week for cleanup, the San Diego City Attorney's Office said Friday.

The home on Crownhill Road, near Kate Sessions Park, was owned by Shirley Sanders until 2012 -- the year she died and her son and son’s friends moved in. That’s when junk began to accumulate and debris began to flow into the driveway and yards, Chief Deputy City Attorney Mike Giorgino said.

On Tuesday, a judge issued a court order on the home and appointed a receiver to maintain cleanup. The home’s occupants were given notice that they must vacate the property within 72 hours so that a receiver could bring the home back to compliance with health and safety standards.

Giorgino said the measure to kick the residents out of the nuisance house was only taken after the property owner failed to comply with more than a dozen voluntary requests.

The home was reported to authorities after a neighbor found 14 rats in his garage and three drowned rats in his swimming pool. San Diego County vector control agents issued the home a citation, Giorgino said.

It was just one of many health and safety code violations the home received from inspectors.

Adam Ith, who lives across the street from the home, said there has been a revolving door of guests, pets and even children over the years.

The City Attorney’s Office said concerned neighbors reported the home to Child Protective Services on several occasions because they believed young children were living in the home and were in harm’s way. They also felt the home was a threat to their own children.

“I have kids and there's a lot of kids in this neighborhood and you like to know your neighbors and know your kids are safe playing outside,” one neighbor told NBC 7.

The property owner will be expected to pay the costs of cleanup, rehabilitation and more, Giorgino said.

Photo Credit: San Diego City Attorney's Office
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<![CDATA[Bill Hader Returns as Scaramucci to 'SNL']]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:17:04 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/coldopen2billhader_1200x675.jpg

Actors John Goodman and Fred Armisen made surprise appearances in “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open with host Bill Hader and Alex Moffat as CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

The cold open began as a segment from CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” show covering President Donald Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, played by Goodman.

Armisen played author and columnist Michael Wolff, who wrote the book" Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," while Hader brought back his impersonation of Anthony Scaramucci, who had a short-lived career as a White House communications director.

A popular Hader character Stefon also returned to “Weekend Update” as the ultra-hipster who offered tips on New York hot spots for St. Patrick’s Day.

Other topics on “Weekend Update” included Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who received criticism for her CBS “60 Minutes” interview.

“I think the problem was the words that were coming out of my mouth were bad. That is because they came from my brain,” McKinnon’s DeVos said. “I may not be very good on camera but behind the scenes my ideas are much worse.”

The band Arcade Fire joined the show for their fourth appearance as musical guest. 

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<![CDATA['Punching Game' at Downtown Bar Leaves Man Dead]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:09:15 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/genericbeerbar_1200x675.jpg

A man enjoying a night out at a downtown San Diego bar died after playing what witnesses described as some sort of “punching game” with a friend, which led him to collapse.

San Diego Police Department Lt. Matt Dobbs said officers were called to the Jolt’n Joe’s Gaslamp bar on Fourth Avenue just before 1 a.m. to help a patron who had been injured. When police arrived, they found a 27-year-old man in the bar area, unresponsive.

Bystanders were giving him CPR, but he wasn’t moving.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) crews soon arrived and took the man to a local hospital. He couldn’t be revived and was pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m., the SDPD confirmed.

Police launched an investigation into the man’s death and learned that he had been playing a game with a friend at the bar in which they were repeatedly punching one another.

After multiple blows, the victim collapsed, falling to the ground, Dobbs said.

The friend who played the punching game with the victim remained at the bar. He too was taken to a hospital for treatment. SDPD homicide detectives interviewed him overnight. At this point, it is unclear if that man will face charges in the victim's death.

"We're in the process of interviewing him right now and determining exactly what happened," Dobbs added.

The lieutenant said detectives would look into the relationship between the men and the circumstances of the deadly game they were allegedly playing. 

"We're not sure exactly what the arrangement or what the game was, all we know is that they were exchanging punches, mutually," Dobbs said.

Police did not immediately release the names of the men but witnesses said they were regular customers at the bar.

Sean Kisner, director of operations for Jolt’n Joe’s, said the victim was attending a friend’s birthday party and appeared to be having a good time when the night took a tragic turn. 

“At one point, while they were roughhousing, one of them collapsed,” Kisner recounted.

He said a barback, trained in CPR, ran over to help the victim. 

"He jumped right in. He did what he could," Kisner added.

Kisner said the victim worked in the local bar and restaurant industry and was well-known in the downtown area.

“We get a lot of people from the restaurants, the hotels and the bars in the area. It’s kind of like family; everybody knows everybody,” Kisner told NBC 7. “Already, we’re getting texts and phone calls from people [asking] what happened, what’s going on?”

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on the victim to determine his official cause and manner of death.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information on this case can reach out to the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Party Downtown for St. Paddy's Day]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:56:36 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/shamROCK_2018_1200x675_1188716611718.jpg

Security was tight for the 24th annual ShamRock! block party in Downtown San Diego on Saturday night, but for many revelers, it was green beer, music and having a good time.

The police presence was a welcomed sight for Kennetha Perkins and her friend Britney Workman who were visiting from Phoenix, Arizona.

"I think it's nice," Perkins said. "It's kind of in the background but it gives you a bit of security."

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Capt. Mike Holden said the department spent weeks planning for this event and much of the security for the event is behind the scenes and out of the public eye. He said their job was to keep people safe.

"Our officers are down here to ensure the safety of everyone," Holden said. "We have numerous officers who are here right now and we'll have more officers come in as the night wears on."

ShamROCK! is one of the largest St. Patrick Day's celebrations on the West Coast, according to organizers. An estimated 20,000 people were expected to fill the Gaslamp District for the revelry. 

"I'm going to rely on them to do their job and I'm gonna have fun," Christina Sauceda said.

Sauceda is also taking some personal responsibility in keeping everyone safe. She and her friends planned on taking Lyft and Uber home after a night of partying.

Holden said officers will out in force to make sure no one will be drinking and driving.

"We have checkpoints tonight as well as officers roving the city looking for DUIs," he said.

<![CDATA[One Ticket Sold in Pennsylvania Wins $456.7M Powerball Jackpot]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:10:06 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/powerball-powerplay.jpg

Somewhere in Pennsylvania, a life -- probably several lives -- just changed, 456.7 million times over.

A single winning Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in the Commonwealth for Saturday night's drawing. It is the eighth-largest jackpot in the game's history.

That means the winner claims a $456.7 million prize. ($273.9 million in cash value. But who's counting.)

It wasn't clear early Sunday just where in Pennsylvania that winning ticket was sold. The official release from Powerball only named the state in which it was sold.

Under Pennsylvania law, lottery winners may not remain anonymous.

The winning numbers were 22-57-59-60-66, with a Powerball of 7 and Power Play of 2x.

Three other tickets matched all but the Powerball number. They were sold in California, Missouri and Texas. The Texas ticket won $2 million because it included the Power Play option.

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<![CDATA[DOD Identify Service Members Killed in Iraq Helicopter Crash]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:57:46 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FOUR+TRI-STATE+MILITARY+KILLED.jpg

The Department of Defense identified on Saturday the seven airmen who died on March 15 when their helicopter crashed in western Iraq. 

The men ranged in age from 29 to 39 and hailed from Colorado, Florida and New York.

Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. 

The two men from Florida were identified as Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, and Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee. Both were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base. 

The four men from New York were Captain Andreas B. O'Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches; Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City; Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack; and Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station.

All four were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York.  

The seven men, who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, died when their HH-60 Pave Hawk crashed near the city of Al-Qa'im in western Iraq, according to the Pentagon.

"This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations. We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today," U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations in the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria, said in a statement.

The crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the Pentagon said.

President Donald Trump offered his thoughts and prayers on Twitter Friday for the families of service members killed, saying he was thinking of the "brave troops," and adding that "their sacrifice in service to our country will never be forgotten."

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<![CDATA[Final Victims Removed From Under Fallen Pedestrian Bridge]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:43:15 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/031718_carflat.PNG

Authorities recovered the final two victims from the bridge collapse near Florida International University on Saturday, after two days of arduous work.

"It has been a laborious, tedious process," Miami-Dade's Police Chief Juan Perez said at a press conference Saturday night, describing the efforts required to locate and extract victims beneath 950 tons of concrete.

The only time rescuers paused during their days-long search-and-rescue efforts, Perez said, was when officials prayed over victims before escorting them the medical examiner's office.

Five people died when the pedestrian bridge came crashing down on March 15. A sixth victim died at a hospital from injuries sustained in the collapse. Perez said that although he was "pretty confident" all victims were now accounted for, offiicals would do a final sweep to be sure.

By Saturday night five victims had been identified: Alexa Duran, an 18-year-old FIU student; Alberto Arias and his passenger Oswald Gonzalez; Rolando Fraga-Hernandez and Navarro Brown.

NBC News reported that Duran was driving home from a doctor's appointment when the bridge collapsed on top of her car. Her best friend, Richard Humble, was in the passenger seat when it happened. He told the "Today" show that he and Duran had been at a red light when they heard a creak above them, just seconds before the bridge crushed their car.

Relatives of Arias, said he had been helping his mother move when the bridge collapsed on his white Chevy truck. His friend and passenger, Gonzalez, also died from the impact.

Brown, 37, was working on site at the time of the collapse.

Experts from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration joined police in taking over command of the scene Friday from first responders, who had spent hours racing to find survivors in the rubble of the 175-foot span using high-tech listening devices, trained sniffing dogs and search cameras.

Ten people were transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center from the site of the collapse near Southwest 8th Street and 109th Avenue. Two were listed in critical condition when they arrived and one person died at the hospital. Officials have not confirmed if the deceased was one of the 10 taken there or if it was someone who was brought in themselves.

The bridge was reportedly put to a "stress adjustment" before it collapsed over traffic before 2 p.m. on Thursday. Two workers were on top when it pancaked on top of vehicles waiting at a stoplight.

Perez and Miami-Dade County deputy mayor Maurice Kemp would not confirm if that test did take place. 

And on Tuesday, an engineer of the company that designed the bridge warned the Florida Department of Transportation of cracks to the structure in a voicemail, but said the company was "not concerned" from a "safety perspective."

Denney Pate from the FIGG Bridge Group left the voicemail, and FDOT employees did not listen to the voicemail until Friday – the day after the bridge collapsed.

Sgt. Jenna Mendez of the Sweetwater Police Department was one of the first responders on the scene. The collapse happened while she was driving to work and she said she only missed becoming a victim herself because she had been running late and was stopped at a red light when the disaster struck. 

“I really wasn’t believing what I had seen,” she told NBC's "Today" show on Friday.

Mendez said that after realizing what had happened she jumped on top of the bridge to help construction workers who were "severely injured."

"I was just in that rescue mode," she said. Fire rescue officials had to yell at her not to put her safety at risk by going under the debris.

The Florida Highway Patrol is urging students to carpool on Monday as they return to school. Since roads will continue to be closed well into next week, they anticipate heavy delays as students return to school.

FHP also recommends students to plan for heavy traffic delays as they head to class. Details about detours and road closures can be found here

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<![CDATA[CalVet Holds Workshop on Expedited Citizenship Eligibility for Vets ]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:13:14 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pathway+to+citizenship+vets.PNG

Cal Vet, in collaboration with Jewish Family Service, Catholic Charities and Legal Aid Society, held a workshop Saturday focused on helped veterans learn about their eligibility to expedite getting their U.S. citizenship or naturalization. Additionally, veterans learned about state and federal benefits they have earned through their service.

"I don’t believe a lot of veterans know that when they get [discharged], there is an opportunity to obtain your citizenship and what we’re trying to do at CalVet is to lay down that pathway, that roadmap to show them … these are the steps to do that,” Elizabeth Perez, deputy secretary, California Department of Veterans Affairs, told NBC 7.

Perez’s father, who was originally from Mexico, served in the Army for 17 years. “I also remember how difficult it was for my father at the time to convince his command that getting his citizenship before he was medically discharged – how important that was. Fast forward all these years later and this is still an issue,” she explained.

She said it’s also important to inform active-duty servicemembers.

“We’re working with the California military department to ensure that our information ... is available to servicemembers throughout the state, and that will be rolling out in the next month or two.”

Saturday’s workshop at the Vista Library is the first of several to be held throughout the state. The next event is on April 7 at the Bob Hope Patriot Hall in Los Angeles, and they will be at the Oceanside Library at 2 p.m. on April 21.

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<![CDATA['Thank You, God': Pa. Teen Home After Missing for 2 Weeks]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:47:08 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/20180317+Kevin+Esterly.jpg

An Allentown teen who went missing two weeks ago with a 45-year-old man returned safely to Pennsylvania early Sunday morning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed to NBC10.

The 16-year-old landed at Philadelphia International Airport and is being evaluated at a local hospital, family confirmed to NBC10. 

"She doesn't want to see me," the girl's mother said.

Officials found the teen and Kevin Esterly late Saturday morning in the beachside resort town of Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. 

Esterly is in custody in Miami and has been charged with custodial interference, according to investigators. 

"Thank you, God," the girl's mother said of her safe return.

Officials believe the 16-year-old willingly disappeared with Esterly, a father of four daughters. His eldest child is 14 years old and youngest is 2 years old.

The two apparently had a secret relationship for months, and investigators said the teen may even have gone on family vacations with Esterly. 

John Waldron, the attorney representing Esterly's wife, Stacie, told NBC10 the couple has been arguing for months over his relationship with the Allentown teen, who went missing on March 5. 

Ten days later, an Amber Alert was issued in Mexico after it was discovered Esterly bought one-way tickets to Dallas and then to Cancun.

According to a warrant issued after they disappeared, Esterly signed the girl out of school 10 times between Nov. 13 and Feb. 9 without her parents' permission.

Police said the girl's mother called Feb. 9 to report Esterly had signed her child out of Lehigh Valley Academy earlier that day. On Feb. 15, records show police told Esterly to stay away from the teen's home.

Investigators said it now appears that the girl may have added Esterly to her school emergency contact list as a stepfather. That, they said, would have allowed him to remove the girl from school.

It's not clear when Esterly will be returned to Pennsylvania. Allentown police are awaiting his extradition. He and his wife have not had contact since he was taken into custody.

"He is calling her from a jail in Florida but she is not accepting his calls," Waldron, her attorney, said.

Editor's Note: NBC10 is no longer naming the girl, now that she has been found safe and could be the victim of a crime. 

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Injured in Shooting at Southern California Mall]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:48:42 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/180217-thousand-oaks-mall.JPG

A woman was killed and a man was injured following in a shooting at a Southern California shopping mall Saturday afternoon.

The victim was identified as a 30-year-old woman from Thousand Oaks and the suspect was identified as a 33-year-old man from Los Angeles. The victim and the suspect are a divorced couple with children in common, according to Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 2:15 p.m., the sheriff’s department received a call of shots fired inside the Paper Source store at the Oaks Shopping Center. The victim – who was an employee of the Paper Source store – was "targeted," the sheriff’s department said.

It was not an active shooter incident. The shooting is being described as an attempted murder-suicide.

Deputies found the woman dead inside the store and the suspect "gravely injured" from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital and a gun was recovered at the scene.

An update on the suspect's condition was not immediately available.

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"The situation is contained and there is no threat to the public," the Thousand Oaks Station tweeted around 3:15 p.m.

There are no outstanding suspects, authorities said.

Shoppers ran for safety after hearing the gunshots at the mall. A man who was in the Vans store next door to the Paper Source told NBC4 he heard the shots, ran into the back room and the employees locked the doors.

"It sounded like balloons or firecrackers … we didn’t know what was going on," Dan Beaton said.

Amid the chaos, shoppers were advised they could seek safety at the VCFD Fire station 30 across the street.

The indoor portion of the Oaks Mall reopened shortly after 4 p.m. The open air portion of the mall remains closed during the investigation.

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<![CDATA[6 Victims of Fla. Bridge Collapse Identified]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:45:29 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/031818+victims+update.png

Authorities identified the sixth and final victim of the collapsed bridge near Florida International University on Sunday.

Police said Rolando Fraga-Hernandez, Oswald Gonzalez, Alberto Arias and Navarro Brown were killed when a 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed near FIU on March 15. NBC 6 independently confirmed FIU student Alexa Duran was killed in the incident on Friday. 

On Sunday, a sixth victim in the deadly collapse was identified as Brandon Brownfield by Miami-Dade Police.

"I want to thank you all for your continuous love and support and prayers over the last 3 days," Chelsea Brownfield wrote. "The coming days are going to be excruciating, as we dig deep to find the strength we need to heal."

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Brownfield, who was described as being a "genuine, stand-up family guy." Brownfield has three daughters and worked in the crane industry, according to the page.

In a video message posted on Twitter, FIU president Mark Rosenberg acknowledged the victims, adding that a moment of silence will be held at 1:47 p.m. at the University on Monday to honor the lives lost. 

"Please join us, wherever you are, and keep the victims and their families in your thoughts," he said. 

Duran, an FIU freshman and political science major, was identified by authorities as a victim on Saturday. Her uncle said his grief has turned to anger and he is demanding answers from those involved.

“It’s too late for my niece. It’s too late for the other family’s children who were lost in there. I want people to step up and say 'Hey, I was the one responsible,' he said. "Come out of the shadows. Where are you people? This was a colossal failure of the system and this was complete incompetence from the top down."

Duran was driving under the bridge when the bridge came crashing down on her Toyota SUV. Her passenger survived the wreckage.

Others were distraught as they waited at the family reunification center on Saturday.

Police said Arias, 53, was the driver of a white Chevy truck pulled from the wreckage on Saturday.

“He went out of his way to help anybody. He was a business owner and he just took a lot of pride in his work and family,” said Ismael Segovia, his cousin.

Relatives say Arias was helping his mother move. His friend and passenger, Oswald Gonzalez, also died.

Brown, 37, was working on site when the bridge collapsed.

Fraga–Hernandez's gold Jeep Cherokee was pinned underneath the weight of the concrete.

Chaplains were on site trying to console families during those tough times.

“I think people are in shock and some of them are in shock, some want to cry, some are too emotional to even cry," said Thomas Hanlon, a chaplain. "It’s pent up in there because of the unknown about where that family member may be.”

<![CDATA[$9,000 in Rewards Offered for Info on Suspect in Midway Homicide]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:33:01 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ernesto-Catellanos-Martinez-SD-Crimestoppers.jpg

The family of a man murderd last month in the Midway District is offering an $8,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of their loved one's accused killer.

Ernesto Castellanos, 41, is wanted by San Diego police in connection to the murder of 27-year-old Alexander Mazin.

Crime Stoppers is also offering up to a $1,000 reward for information in the case.

Mazin was found suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper torso behind the 24-Hour Fitness on Midway Drive and Kemper Street at around 11 a.m. on Feb. 28. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) homicide detectives determined that Castellanos, a boxing and mixed martial arts coach well known in the community, shot Mazin and fled the scene.

A SWAT team surrounded an apartment complex in North Park where Castellanos was believed to be holed up. Hours later, after obtaining a search warrant, police confirmed the suspect was not found in the apartment and they weren't sure how he escaped.

Police say Castellanos knew the victim but police won't elaborate on the relationship more than saying the connection was the mother of Castellanos' children.

Castellanos is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 185 pounds, normally bald with brown eyes.

His full name is Ernesto Castellanos Martinez but is known as Ernesto Castellanos, according to Crime Stoppers.

The department is asking anyone with information regarding Castellanos' location to contact the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Mistrial Declared in Murder Trial of 2-Year-Old Jahi Turner]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:02:43 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/TierayJones0316.jpg

The jury in the trial of Tieray Jones, the man accused of killing his 2-year-old stepson and disposing of his body, said they couldn't reach a verdict Friday.

The foreperson said the jury was split with 10 deciding Jones was not guilty and two feeling that he was guilty on the second-degree murder charge.

Judge Joan P. Weber then asked the foreperson if there was anything she could do to help the jury reach a unanimous decision. The foreperson said no.

Judge Weber determined the jury "hopelessly deadlocked" and a mistrial was declared.

The jury will return to court at a later date to discuss the case with the defense and prosecutors.

When 2-year-old Jahi Turner was last seen in 2002, his stepfather Tieray Jones was responsible for the child's care.

Police always suspected Jones in the child's death but it took them 14 years to get the evidence needed to charge Jones with murder.

Entries in a Jones' journal described how Jahi had fallen in the bedroom and hit his head.

However, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office has not found the toddler's body and admits they may never know exactly how Jahi died.

Jurors heard directly from the defendant who took the stand and testified he would never harm his stepson, who he loved like his own children.

Jones' lawyer told the jury there's no real evidence that Jones either killed Jahi or failed to get him medical care after an accident.

The defense denies the prosecution's theory that Jones panicked, dumped Jahi's body in the trash, and made up a story that Jahi disappeared from a playground.

Prosecutor Nicole Rooney told the jury, Jones' story that he turned his back and didn't see the toddler for a few minutes was a lie.

She reminded jurors that Jones admitted he misled police when they questioned him about Jahi's disappearance.

The prosecutor also recalled testimony from witnesses who said they never saw or heard Jahi in the family's apartment for three days before he was reported missing.

But prosecutors argued that circumstantial evidence and Jones' false statements support a guilty verdict.

Jones told the jury during trial last Monday that he refused a plea deal because he couldn't admit to a crime he didn't commit.

Jones told the jury that he could have pleaded guilty to the lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter but didn't “because I didn’t do anything to hurt our son.”

Jones said the terms of the deal called for him to admit that he accidentally killed Jahi Turner, then panicked and disposed of his stepson’s body.

Prosecutor Bill Mitchell strongly denied that the District Attorney's office ever offered such a deal, and pointedly said Jones was misleading the jury.

Jones told prosecutor Bill Mitchell that he wants the jury to decide if he‘s telling the truth about what happened to Jahi, and if jurors find him guilty of 2nd-degree murder, he will accept the consequences.

Jahi's mother and Tieray Jones' ex-wife, Tameka Jones, testified as a rebuttal witness for the prosecution, after appearing earlier in trial, as a star witness in the prosecution's case-in-chief.

She followed Tieray's testimony and told the court that she believed his alibi for more than a decade but eventually came to terms with his alleged dishonesty.

"My life has been all about my son," Tameka told the jury. "I built my sanity and my life around my son coming home. Do you know how hard it is to know that that's not happening?"

Tameka choked up as she told the jury how she felt when she realized that her ex-husband had lied to her for more than a decade about what really happened to Jahi.

She also described how her hope of one day finding Jahi crumbled, as evidence mounted against Tieray, who this week admitted during his own testimony that he had misled police and Tameka about important details of Jahi's alleged disappearance.

Prosecutors theorize that Tieray threw his stepson's body in a dumpster in the family's apartment building on Beech Street, and fabricated that his about Jahi's disappearance. Tieray testified for three days and finished his time on the witness stand Monday morning.

Also, in testimony Friday, Jones told the jury he’d been “shot over this,” and accused of everything from “eating Jahi to selling him.”

Jones said he was shot in the leg in Fredrick, Maryland, in 2010 or 2011, after he returned to Maryland from San Diego.

He said that in the years after Jahi disappeared, there was much discussion and many rumors about what happened to Jahi, in the Maryland neighborhood where Jones and Jahi’s mother lived, and where Jahi was born.

Jones said he had to leave Maryland for North Carolina “because there was a bounty for my death,” by people in his old neighborhood who thought he had killed Jahi.

He was eventually arrested for Jahi’s murder in North Carolina 2016 and returned to San Diego to stand trial.

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<![CDATA[Fighting for Info on Sexual Misconduct by Federal Employees]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:58:48 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FOIA+FIGHT_3.16.18.JPG

Years before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, the United States Inspector General's office released a report on allegations of sexual misconduct among agents and supervisors of federal agencies. 

NBC 7 Investigates has sought more information about the alleged incidents, but the Department of Justice Inspector General’s office refuses to release details about where these cases took place. In light of “Sunshine Week”, in which journalists across the world bring attention to open transparency within the government, we are sharing some details about our fight for records we feel the public has a right to see. 

“I think you would expect the law enforcement and agencies would comply with the law,” attorney Guylyn Cummins said, “I mean that’s their job, to enforce the law.” 

Cummins is referring to the Inspector General’s report, released in 2015. That report reviewed how federal agencies -- including the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), United States Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), handled specific sexual misconduct cases among federal agents and their supervisors. 

The Inspector General’s report cited specific cases in which agency supervisors did not report cases of abuse or sexual misconduct, choosing instead to keep details of the alleged misbehavior "in-house" and away from outside investigators. 

Examples include allegations of ATF instructors who had sex with students, DEA employees who paid for prostitutes, and a Deputy U-S Marshal who was romantically involved with the spouse of a fugitive. 

NBC 7 Investigates reviewed that report and highlighted key findings. To see the report, click here

One key piece of information not included in the report was where these agents and supervisors were working when these alleged offenses occurred. 

After the report was released, NBC 7 Investigates filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to determine if any of the agents had ties to San Diego. 

“The whole underlying purpose of the act is to make sure that public information is always available to the public,” Cummins said. 

NBC 7 Investigates has encountered repeated roadblocks since we filed that request in April 2015. The Inspector General's office has repeatedly told us it’s working "diligently" to fulfill our FOIA request, but almost three years later, no records have been released. 

Attorney Cummins has filed several open government cases on behalf of journalists. Cummings reviewed our request for information and said she cannot see any reason for the agency to not answer our questions. Cummings also said delays like this are not uncommon. 

“Whether it's a citizen being delayed in access to their own records that are kept in the hands of the federal government, or the news media trying to do a timely story on a very important topic like we have here, it just happens every day,” Cummins said. 

In the most recent response, the Inspector General’s office indicated it may have found records that are “responsive” to our request, meaning one or more of these cases may have a San Diego connection. But the Inspector General refused to release the records, so we can’t confirm a San Diego connection. 

Because the records originated from the other federal agencies that were investigated, the Inspector General said NBC 7 Investigates must request the records from those agencies, even though one of the report’s findings was the reluctance of these agencies to release the records in the first place. 

NBC 7 Investigates believes the public has a right to see these records and will continue pursuing that information.

<![CDATA[Your #SanDiegoGram Photos]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:15:27 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*163/SD-Gram-0317-jamestburns.jpg We want to show off your Instagram pictures. Just include the hashtag #SanDiegoGram.

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<![CDATA[Suspect in Alleged Sex Assault at Mesa College in Custody]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:07:10 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mesa+college.JPG

A man believed to be connected with a daytime sexual assault on the Mesa College campus has been taken into custody, the college said Saturday.

The suspect, who was described as a 21-year-old man, was taken detained by San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) police Friday night, less than 12 hours after the alleged sexual assault occurred. 

College police said that at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, the man walked with the student from the Social & Behavioral Sciences building to the lawn outside of the Learning Resource Center, where he tried to pin her down and make inappropriate contact with her.

The victim was able to push the suspect off of her and flee the area, police said.

The suspect was seen walking toward the I-400 building but he was not found during a search of the area. He was taken into custody later that night, SDCCD police said. 

It was not clear if the suspect was a student at the college. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call College Police at (619) 388-6405, the San Diego Police at (619) 531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.

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